Thursday, February 12, 2009
One of my other “jobs” is teaching teenagers at church on Wednesday nights.
It comes at the right time – mid-week – after the stress of meeting deadlines and getting out another newspaper.
It’s always uplifting to be around the young people. I think we’re blessed with some fine ones at our church.
And I get a bit upset when I always read about how our young people today have no morals and no goals. Sure there are exceptions, but quite frankly, I don’t see that when I visit our schools. Maybe, as is often the case, we just hear about the bad and not the good.
Look at The South Reporter’s education pages. The accomplishments of our young people are many.
In fact, we have so much good news about students from Marshall County, we don’t have room to publish it each week. There’s a backlog; but please, be patient with us. We will eventually get in all the good news.
That abundance of school news likely won’t change until about mid-summer, well after the school year concludes.
We’ve been focused in Wednesday night class on dealing with various teen decisions – relating to school, friends, parents, dating and so forth. The number one reference book, of course, is the Bible. Another book we’re using for our discussions is written by Sean Covey and titled, “The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make.”
For the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about “The Top 10 Things You Oughta Know About Parents...”
The book lists them, as provided by some teens.
Two of the students in the class belong to me – Emma, 17, and Andy, 14.
Last week, we had some fun with a test in the book – “How well do you know your mom/dad?”
Question samples included, “What color are your mom’s/dad’s eyes?” and “How did your parents’ first meet?” and “What is your mom’s/dad’s greatest unfulfilled dreams?”
Emma and Andy, for the most part, nailed the answers.
Pam, who surprisingly entered the room near the end of class, got a bit upset about answers to one of the questions – “Does your mom/dad gas up the car when the tank is half-empty or wait until it is nearly empty?”
The truth is - Pam waits until it’s running on fumes. She likes to hold off until that light comes on. But I fill the gas tank when about a quarter is left.
But Pam denied it, and we all got a good laugh out of it.
First, parents and children need to be putting God first, and then the other key ingredient in this successful parent/child relationship, I believe, is communication.
And, truth be known, lack of communication is the root of most every problem – period.
Covey writes, “I once had a friend of the family tell me: ‘Sean, if you will talk to your parents about all your important decisions, you will never make a major mistake.”
This Wednesday night class is helping me, as a teacher and parent, and hopefully it’s influencing our teenagers, too.
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